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Holland to start Tuesday in Minor League game

Holland to start Tuesday in Minor League game

LAS VEGAS -- Derek Holland is over his latest stomach ailment and is scheduled to pitch in a Minor League game on Tuesday. If all goes well, Holland would be in line to make two more starts before the end of the spring and pitch the third game of the season against the Astros.

The Rangers play the Cubs in Mesa on Tuesday, but Holland will pitch in a Minor League game in Surprise. Holland threw five innings and 64 pitches in his only start for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, but the Rangers aren't sure how long he'll go on Tuesday.

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"We'll just see where he is," manager Ron Washington said. "At least in a Minor League game we can control it. He'll get as many innings as he can. If we can get him through that, we'll get him in an 'A' game."

Holland currently follows Matt Harrison and Yu Darvish in the rotation. Washington said they'll make a formal decision on the order of the rotation shortly after Wednesday's off-day.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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